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Environmentalists urge funding efforts to stem plastic pollution

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration and Congress to back in upcoming spending or other legislation 13 measures aimed at reducing plastic pollution.

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New Mexico Seeks To Move Air Force PFAS Suit From MDL To Trial Court

New Mexico is urging a federal appellate court to remove its suit against the Air Force over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination from a massive multi-district litigation (MDL) case and transfer it back to a federal trial court in New Mexico, opening the door for other states to seek similar actions.

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DOE reorganization shifts cleanup program to secretary’s office

The Biden administration has shifted the Department of Energy’s environmental management cleanup program from within the science office to now report directly to the energy secretary’s office.

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Fertilizer industry defends legal standing in radioactive byproduct case

The Fertilizer Institute is defending its legal right to intervene in environmentalists’ suit over EPA’s decision to allow the use of a radioactive byproduct from fertilizer production in federal road construction.

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Appellate Judge Doubts CERCLA Waiver Case But Suit’s Outcome Unclear

One of three appellate judges hearing argument in litigation over the scope of exemptions from air emissions reporting under the Superfund law for facilities with Clean Air Act (CAA) permits appeared to doubt environmentalists’ claim that the emissions must be reported to the public, but the eventual outcome of the suit remains unclear.

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Bipartisan Group Pushes Biden For Quick PFAS Rules But Also Readies Bill

A bipartisan group of 132 House lawmakers is urging President Joe Biden to take immediate steps to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) while also readying legislation on a range of additional items, part of a three-part strategy to tackle PFAS through legislation, policy-making and public education.

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EPA Selects Environmental Justice Expert For Deputy Waste Office Role

EPA has selected Carlton Waterhouse, a Howard University law professor with extensive environmental justice credentials, to be the agency’s deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Land & Emergency Management (OLEM), sources say.

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EPA Plans To Seek Comprehensive BOSC Review Of PFAS Research Plan

EPA’s research office is planning to ask its external advisory panel later this year to review the agency’s research plan for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a variety of media, with the agency hopeful it will have some screening results by then to guide risk assessment as well as some data on PFAS destruction technologies.

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3rd Circuit Set To Hear Argument In CERCLA Reporting Waiver Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to hear oral argument Jan. 29 in a case of first impression that seeks to upend a lower court’s decision providing a potentially precedent-setting exemption from Superfund reporting requirements where Clean Air Act (CAA) permits exist for a facility.

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California Equity Groups Oppose DTSC Official For EPA OLEM Director

More than two dozen California environmental justice (EJ) groups are urging Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be EPA administrator, to reject consideration of California toxics department official Grant Cope to lead EPA’s Office of Land and Management (OLEM), citing equity concerns.

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